Wednesday, September 24, 2008

One Tin Soldier

History might repeat itself, but never the same way. Thus purpose and revisionism conspire to create the delicious ironies of history.

William Ayers put Barack Obama in charge of ACORN. The Board of Elections in Cuyahoga County, Ohio and the .S. Attorney’s office in Michigan accused ACORN’s paid workers of submitting fraudulent registration cards.

But wait, there are more recent heart warming associations.

This week, Barack attends a do at the Standard Club ballroom last night, where he raised about $1 million for the Obama Victory Fund. That’s ok. Not the grassroots image, but no one buys that anyway. Then he was off to the $28,500 a plate “Greeks for Obama” Victory fete where he lavishes a two minute meaty praise on Alexi Giannoulias.

What do the ChiTown papers have to say about Alexi?

He is a “man who has long been dogged by charges that the bank his family owns helped finance a Chicago crime figure” and “who became Illinois state treasurer” in 2006 after Sen. Barack Obama vouched for him”. Alexi then “pledged to raise $100,000 for Obama.”

The September 5, 2007, Chicago fundraiser was omitted from Obama’s public schedule and the event was closed to the press,” Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

“Before he promised to raise funds for Obama, Giannoulias bankrolled Michael ‘Jaws’ Giorango, a Chicagoan twice convicted of bookmaking and promoting prostitution.

“Giannoulias is so tainted by reputed mob links that several top Illinois Dems, including the state’s speaker of the House and party chairman, refused to endorse him even after he won the Democratic nomination with Obama’s help.

“Giannoulias was the bank’s vice president and chief loan officer for most of the more than $15 million in loans,”. The Obama campaign disputed any suggestion that Obama is tarnished by the association.”

The phrase that comes to mind is ‘lay down with dogs’.

Now consider this: the left has been aching for the Great Get Even ever since the 1972 election when a man with known mob associates, banking improprieties and a campaign willing to ratf*** its opponents won by 60+ per cent. Two years later, he was resigning in disgrace.

So in this election, the left presents a man with mob associates, strong links to the financial crisis and a campaign using illegal registrations.

Barack Obama isn't Jimmy Carter. He's Richard Nixon.

The irony of that is delicious.


John Cowan said...

Why not? Tricky Dick was the last liberal president this old republic has seen. Even if he would rather have been king.

Steve said...

I agree with much of your analysis. I've enjoyed your commentary on Jon T's blog.

I'm an Independent, still undecided. It's going to be an interesting final few weeks before the election.

Len Bullard said...

I like the part where I have to hunt for YouTube songs that apply. That has gotten my blog banned all over the world by filters smarter than we humans.

Taplin's blog is an exercise in being the guy blindfolded in the middle of the room while all the other ginzu artists slice away at the same time.

They are smart, they are informed and they are committed. For a debate junkie like myself, it doesn't get better.

But I'll be glad when the election is over. I like those guys and a couple of them are heroes in my world. Arguing with ones heroes is not always a feel good thing.

@john: Yes, Tricky Dick was the ultimate liberal. His love of self was only less than his love of his enemies list.

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